[Pnews] Obama administration moves to suppress Guantanamo force-feeding footage

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Thu Jan 21 12:58:58 EST 2016

*Reprieve - For immediate release: Thurs Jan 21st, 2016

Obama administration moves to suppress Gitmo force-feeding footage*

The U.S. Government has moved to suppress footage of a Guantanamo 
detainee being force-fed, appealing against a US federal judge’s order 
to release the tapes.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli filed the appeal today, January 21st, 
just one day before the seven year anniversary of President Obama’s 
signing of the Executive Order to close Guantanamo. Judge Gladys Kessler 
ordered the tapes be released in October 2014, after sixteen major US 
media organizations, including the New York Times, AP, and McClatchy 
newspapers, asked for the tapes to be made public under the First 
Amendment of the US Constitution.

The tapes show the force-feeding and ‘forcible cell extraction’ of Abu 
Wa’el Dhiab, who has since been released. Mr Dhiab is represented by 
international human rights NGO Reprieve. Reprieve lawyers are virtually 
the only people outside government to have seen the footage and have 
described it as ‘disturbing’, but are forbidden under classification 
rules from revealing its contents.

*Cori Crider, Reprieve attorney for Guantanamo detainees*, said: “It’s 
disappointing that – yet again – Obama’s lawyers have suppressed the 
evidence that shows most eloquently why the President is right, and 
Guantánamo ought to close. I hoped for better from the Solicitor 
General, and from an Administration that promised to be ‘the most 
transparent in history’.  Make no mistake - the force-feeding tapes 
would make your blood run cold. One assumes that is why they have fought 
so hard to keep it secret. We’ll keep pushing for the truth in the Court 
of Appeals.”

*Eric Lewis, attorney and Chair of Reprieve US*, said: “It is wrong to 
hide behind national security concerns when the Government wants to hide 
its mistaken actions from public view. Our national security requires 
the release of these tapes, and accountability for the cruel treatment 
imposed on men trying to call attention to their endless and lawless 
detention without trial.”


Notes to editors

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s 
London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / 
+44 (0) 207 553 8140. Reprieve US <http://www.reprieve.org/>, based in 
New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] 
reprieve.org / +1 917 855 8064.
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